Along with other New York Jewish leaders, NYJA President Matt Nosanchuk was asked by The Jewish Week to share his reaction to the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris today.
“What a difference four years makes! In January 2017, I was at Andrews Air Force Base, gathered with fellow Obama-Biden administration appointees, to bid farewell to the Obamas. Our hearts were filled with gratitude for the progress we made as a nation and apprehension for what lay ahead.
Today, my New York Jewish Agenda colleagues and I celebrate the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, an historic day filled with the promises of renewal, progress and healing. The incoming administration shares many of the core Jewish and democratic values that power our work: dignity, equality, justice, responsibility and unity. We are eager to see the new administration provide the urgent national leadership needed to combat Covid-19 as we work to protect the most vulnerable members of our society in this time of crisis.
We join the Biden-Harris administration in fighting hatred and division in this country, including systemic racism, rising anti-Semitism and white nationalism.
Finally, we salute Kamala Harris on becoming the first woman and first person of color to rise to the office of vice president — long overdue milestones that move America ever closer to fulfilling its founding vision of equality for all.”